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teacher is from. yes. >> yes. >> well there are similarities all of southeast asia. we performed in bali with a group. it's a story from the [inaudible] and so the indian epiics actually the indian epiics for very common in cambodia and bali and thailand and there is a different aesthetic. all southeast asia and asia there are a lot of similarities. >> he is a male entity. he is not -- are you referring to the story? >> it's interesting you should say that. a unique indian concept is one of half male, half female. and that is -- unlike some dances the solo dancer portrays all of the parts in the story. you can portray a feminine aspect and then masculine aspect with the bow and arrow. the male has to portray feminine and the female has to portray masculine. there is a very fierce dance and a soft sort of dance and every dancer has to learn all those aspects. it's very, you know, my teacher i call him a guru in this art form you have to study very, very hard. you have to learn about all the cultural aspects. he says it's liberating because he enjoys and has to learn to bring up the femi
it was premature. obama went ahead anyway, a signal of his desire to increase u.s. influence in southeast asia and keep china's ambitions in check. nhk world's matthew field reports. >> reporter: obama's visit to myanmar was the first to the country by a sitting u.s. president. people waving american flags lined the streets of yangon to welcome him. the trip was full of symbolism. obama met opposition party leader aung san suu kyi at the home where she spent years under house arrest a. obama praised aung san suu kyi's achievements and her efforts toward democracy. he promised that the u.s. would continue to support myanmar. and he gave a lecture at yangon university, a former stronghold of pro-democracy activists. he used the occasion to pressure the government to continue on the path of reform. >> and we recognize no two nations achieve these rights in exactly the same way, but there is no question that your count will be stronger if it draws on the strength of all of its people. that's what allows nations to succeed. >> why democracy and why we need reconciliation? this is the main important
are raising presence in southeast asia and the united states to make up for plunging sales in china. toyota motor plans to start production at three new plants in thailand and indonesia by 2013. the company maintains a significant market share in both countries. nissan motors says output at its plant in thailand will start in 2014. it says it hopes to boost sales by nearly three times across southeast asia in four years. honda motor plans to boost production capacity at its two u.s. plants next year. it says its factory in mexico now under construction should be ready for operation in 2014. the automakers say china remains an important market for them but they also need to quickly cultivate new demand outside china. >>> top officials in south korea are trying to stay a few moves ahead of the reclusive and unpredictable neighbor. they want to stop north korean authorities from possibly launching a long-range missile, and so they've turned to china for help because it has a strong influence over the north. south korea's chief negotiator on north korea's nuclear development is visiting beijing
states president. as the president continues his tour through southeast asia, work continues in washington are possible fiscal cliff deal, confident such a deal would be reached to spur optimism in the market today combined with good news on housing produced a big wall street rally. crude oil hitting a one-month high at the escalation of the middle east, futures jump in almost 3%. the national association of realtors today reporting existing home sales rose more than 2% in october beating forecasts. faster pace of sales and an increase in monthly builder sentiment all contributing to the good news today in the housing market. and wall street acting like the uncertainty of the first goal go cliff has all but disappeared. and trust in both parties has been comic scene, relentlessl my restored. the stock prices up for the best time in two months. the s&p picking up 27, the nasdaq moving out of corruption territory gaining 63 points today, 3.3 billion shares traded on the new york exchange just under the daily average for the year. the total market average moving higher as well c
who are going to go to southeast asia and represent our interests there. so i think it's important for them to know southeast asian history to be comfortable with the culture and have some knowledge of their history. >> host: well, professor ruth. one of our long-time allies is thigh taken, and you have written a book called "in buddha's company: thai sole soldiers in the vietnam war." what role did they play? >> guest: thailand was a close ally of the united states during the vietnam war. many people who are official with the circumstance good-familiar with the circumstances of she vietnam, but not only thailand sent troops but also served as a base for many of the aircraft that were flying, bombing missions over laos and south vietnam. at the time we had built seven air bases and developed a port there as well to facilitate the u.s. effort in the vietnam war and also many american soldiers went on r & r to bangkok and spent a lot of time there. so in terms of direct support and peripheral support, thailand was a close ally of the u.s. and an important part of the war effort. >>
as myanmar. phil neville previews the trip. >> reporter: president obama is traveling to southeast asia hoping to expand relations with countries in the region. this is his fifth strip to -- trip to asia in four years and centers around a visit to burma. the country's in the process of transitioning from decades of authoritarian rule to a democratic system. secretary of state hillary clinton said burma is a prime example of a formerly militaristic regime changing its ways. >> the cost of economic sanctions and the benefits of rejoining the global economy help spur the government to begin opening up. >> reporter: over the past year, burma introduced sweeping reforms, including holding elections, easing rules and protests, relaxing sensorship and freeing dissidents. the president will meet with the most public figure at her home where she was held under house arrest for more than two decades. >> this is with -- will have very high symbolic significance. under substance itself, it depends on how it goes. he has to strike a balance. >> reporter: but the visit doesn't come without criticism
. >>> southeast asia is the destination of u.s. president barack obama's first official trip since the election. the white house announced on thursday that president obama will visit southeast asia from november 17th to the 20th. the itinerary includes stops in thailand, cambodia, and myanmar, making him the first u.s. president to visit the formerly reclusive country. nhk world's jun kobayashi has more. >> reporter: just a few years ago, a visit by a u.s. president to myanmar was unthinkable. but that is changing as the former military regime continues reforms following years of isolation. now president obama is set to make a landmark trip to the country following up on the u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton's visit last year. president obama plans to meet with president thein sein and opposition leader aung san suu kyi. the government is forwarding demock kra tiization and economic reforms. obama's visit could be seen as a sign of approval of the efforts. but he is also expected to encourage politicians to do more to achieve their goals. the u.s. president is also scheduled to attend the
. >>> environment 58 researchers from southeast asia are sounding the alarm over marine pollution. they gathered in jakarta to share their research into the state of local seas. the indonesian government organized the seminar with the japan sociy fo the pmoti of science. about 150 people attended. japanese researchers say they found plastic garbage last year in the stomach of a seal of indones indonesia's island. they say the garbage can easily accumulate on the deep sea floor as currents are weak. some researchers say they found metals in the seabed in the manila bay and others reported finding chemicals in the java sea much indonesia. >>> emerging economic powers stilltruggling with poverty. emboldened citizens demanding democracy, the threat of violence, the push for peace, the shadow of conflict. get news and insight on south and southeast asia every weekday live from bangkok, only on nhk world "newsline". >>> the mayor of an island in the east china sea is trying to diffuse a dispute over fishing rights. he is visiting taiwan to talk about access to waters off the senkaku islands. he admini
.s. president barack obama arrives in southeast asia on sunday for a tour that's causing controversy before it has even begun. patchari raksawong in bangkok has the story. >>> president obama will visit thailand, myanmar, and cambodia on his first overseas trip since winning re-election earlier this month. myanmar is the destination that's making some observers unhappen pip. human rights say it's just too soon and the country's small steps towards democracy don't yet deserve a visit from the president of the united states. obama's national security adviser tom donilon defended the trip. he says it will advance the cause of reform in myanmar. >> the president's visit this time reflects his conviction that engagement is the best way to encourage burmese authorities to further action. >> human rights groups oppose the visit. they say the former pariah state has not achieved true democratic reform and ethnic minorities continue to face persecution. obama will meet his counterpart thein sein. donilon stressed obama will raise the issue of violence with myanmar's leaders. a week of violence last
of negotiations with north korea. >>> u.s. president barack obama arrives in southeast asia on sunday for a tour that's causing controversy before it has even begun. patchari raksawong in bangkok has the story. >>> president obama will visit thailand, myanmar, and cambodia on his first overseas trip since winning re-election earlier this month. now, myanmar is the destination that's making some observers unhappy. human rights groups say it's just too soon and the country's small steps towards democracy don't yet deserve a visit from the president of the united states. obama's national security adviser, tom donilon, defended the trip. he says it will advance the cause of reform in myanmar. >> the president's visit this time reflects his conviction that engagement is the best way to encourage burmese authorities to further action. >> human rights groups oppose the visit. they say the former pariah state has not achieved true democratic reform and ethnic minorities continue to face persecution. obama will meet his counterpart thein sein. donilon stressed obama will raise the issue of violence with
support base. >> now, as we saw in the previous reports, china's influence in southeast asia continues to spread. how will asean deal with china in the future? >> the host nation, cambodia, has taken out the sensitivity to china that contrasts with the philippines and vietnam, which held e specific territorial dils pults. asean has a goal of creating a market of more than 500 million people among its ten members. that would make them a powerful player in the global economy. to get there, asean needs to remain united. another question is asean's relationship with the u.s. the obama administration has a policy of working to counter the rise of china. how asean nations take part in that policy shift may have an impact. cambodia isn't the only country to feel the impact of china's spreading influence. economic, political, and military. if asean wants to cooperate with its neighbor on the equal footing, member states need to remain united and work with the united states. >> thank you very much, indeed, for that. speaking there to nhk world's phin chanda. u.s. president barack obama arrived
with southeast asia and on the top of his agenda. >> stick around. >> you decide what you want to watch. all the images, all the programs, the whole package. dw on the internet. media center on www.dw.de. she likes it. he likes it. andy you will, too. dw on facebook. share what's important to you. >> welcome back. u.s. president barack obama has held what u.s. officials say was a tense meeting with the cambodian prime minister. obama is reported to muddle the prime minister that the their human rights record was an impediment to ties with the u.s.. >> he also praised the their free and fair elections. he is terribly korean -- he is currently touring southeast asia and earlier today visited burma. >> they lined the streets in the thousands for a glimpse of the united states president. bordet's, have been sprucing up the city. his first thought was the old parliament building. at his meeting, he offered encouragement for their transition to democracy. >> nobody is perfect. hopefully we will move this country forward. >> dr. words, he went on to make the pro-democracy leader and nobel laureate.
home after attending a summit in southeast asia today. a fast-paced trip. it was escalating tensions in the middle east that required much of his attention. earlier this morning secretary of state hillary clinton departed for the region at the president's request. nbc's political director and chief white house kres spon dend chuck todd is traveling with the president. chuck, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. it's safe to say the events in gaza have overtaken or overshadowed what the president has been working on here in southeast asia. i can tell you this, last night the president was on the phone until 2:30 in the morning, first with egyptians president morsi and then israeli prime minister netanyahu. then back on the phone with morsi. the reason there, obviously talking to netanyahu trying to get a sense of what it would take to prevent him from doing the ground invasion into gaza. the talks with morsi are about, this is the egyptian leader, has the direct contact with hamas. neither united states or israel has that. the decision to send secretary clinton, i'm t
in southeast asia. i can tell you this, last night cambodia time, the president was on the phone until 2:30 in the morning basically doing shuttle diplomacy first with egyptian president morsi and then netanyahu and then back on the phone with morsi. the reason there, obviously, talking to netanyahu getting a sense of what it would take to prevent him from doing the ground invasion into gaza. the talks with morsi are about, this is the egyptian leader, has the direct contacts with hamas. neither united states or israel has that. the decision to send secretary clinton i'm told by white house aides is neither an acknowledgment things are close neither do they feel things got stuck. they feel heir presence, first in israel and then in ramallah in the west bank, meaning with the palestinian authority, then in cairo could nudge along the process to see if they could get to a point of some sort of negotiated cease-fire. as far as the united states is concerned, what spokesperson said, that begins with hamas stopping the rocket fire into israel and then a longer negotiated settlement, they hope
apple and samsung. >>> indonesia is southeast asia's largest economy and it continues to grow. laborers are voicing demands for their own piece of the success. workers around the country are asking for higher pay to cope with the rising cost of living. our bureau in bangkok has the details. >> reporter: thousands of workers took to the streets of jakarta on thursday to demonstrate they oppose low wages and a plan to cover welfare costs. protesters gathered near the presidential palace and marched to the parliament building calling for an increase in the minimum wage. the indonesian economy grew by 6.5% last year, but with that growth comes a higher cost of living. demonstrators carried signs on the 2011 law requiring salary reductions to cover social security and health benefits. the law is expected to go into effect in 2014. but workers say those costs should remain the government's responsibility. similar protests have been recently held in other cities around the country as workers urge the government to protect them. one of the world's most famous traveled denations. now the idyllic
at least for now. >>> u.s. president barack obama is preparing to head to southeast asia for his first diplomatic tour since re-election. the four-day trip will include the first visit to myanmar by a sitting american president. the white house says obama's tour of southeast asia will take place between november 17th and 20th. besides myanmar, the u.s. president will visit thailand and cambodia. obama is scheduled to hold talks with myanmar president thein sein. the talks will likely focus on democratic reforms. he'll also meet with opposition leader aung san suu kyi. in cambodia obama will attend the east asia summit. one of the top items will be territorial disputes over islands in the south china sea involving china, philippines, vietnam among other country. the u.s. administration said last year it should shift its diplomatic and security focus to the asia pacific region. obama will be keen to reassure leaders his position remains unchanged. >>> the united states has launched a protest with iran after several iranian warplanes attacked a u.s. military drone. the pentagon says the a
boosting economic ties with countries in east and southeast asia and the policy seems to be unchanged. >> i think both east asia and southeast asia are important economic partners with china. given the economic problems in the u.s. and europe, china would be interested to promote more free trade within this economic bloc because china can out source at lower value for example in vietnam, cambodia, etcetera, so china can move up the chain by adding values to these products and then sell these products to richer neighbors such as japan and south korea. >> many chinese people are staying away from japan because of a bilateral territorial dispute. the number of chinese visitors plunged in october. the japan national tourism organization estimates that chinese visitors, both tourists and business people, totaled about 71,000 last month. that's down 33% from the same month two years ago before the march disaster last year. japan tourism agency commissioner said the situation remains tough. >> translator: unfortunately, there is no sign at the moment that the situation will get better and that chi
. >>> still to come, southeast asia's economies are coming up roses in the face of global uncertainties. what's driving them and will the momentum last? we'll find out next. >>> welcome back to the program. the bank of thailand has kept rates as expected. the central bank says the economy is this good shape and strong domestic demand will help counter risks from overseas. in the philippines, the governor of the central bank insists its easy policies are confident despite economic growth. it was well above expectations for growth of just 5.3%. for more on southeast asia, joining us now, economist at southeast asia at rbs. my apologies about that. i'm butchering names all morning. >> no problem at all. >> can you talk first at all about thailand in particular. investors look to this as a global demand and asian export demand. what are you seeing in the numbers? >> well, i think to put things into perspective, the fourth quarter export is going to be quite robust because of the low base effects. if you recall, we have floods in the final quarter of last year. so i think there's no surprise that
vehicles for domestic consumption to over 100 countries including the rest of southeast asia. >>> the indian government has approved a project to export rare earth metals to japan. japanese trading house and an indian firm have teamed .urces thursday. toyota executives are said to begin test operations next month at 80ss extraction facility in southern india. exports will begin next year. that's all for business news this hour. i'll leave you with a recap of the region's markets. >>> it's two against one in south korea's upcoming election. now they're putting their plans into place. representatives hopeful met with supporters of independent candidate. they began crafting a common platform. they will selt a candidate. now recent opinion polls suggest that opposition candidates must join forces to upset the ruling party candidate. she said disputed islands in the sea of japan's are southern territory and not the subject of any negotiations. japan claims the islands control them. she was positive toward the idea of a free trade agreement toward japan. negotiations have been susp
". that is wrap on morning sports. i'm larry beil. >> coming up next, president obama heads to southeast asia with a three nation tour. a judge's key decision on the controversial high speed rail project. huge food drive today that could help feed people in need on thanksgiving. how you ca good morning! wow. want to start the day with something heart healthy and delicious? you're a talking bee... honey nut cheerios has whole grain oats that can help lower cholesterol. and it tastes good? sure does! right... ♪ wow. delicious, right? yeah. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... ♪ well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >> terry: touching our news, california's high speed rail project will continue as scheduled. a judge turned an effort to stop the project. however, "abc 7 news" reporter nannette miranda says the legal fight is far from over. >> future of the controversial 800 mile, $68 billion hinges on opposing interests in central valley. >> they are not following their own guidelines in following the project. they are supposed to minimize impact and li
will be a long journey. >> and we'll have more analysis on obama's three day southeast asia trip with ambassador to singapore in about 30 minutes time or so. so stay tuned for that. the czech government has announced that it eases plans amid growing krit schl of its austerity drive. additional money would be used to stimulate the economy which is in its fifth consecutive month of contraction. jeff is in the capital of the check czech republic of crowd. where are they? >> this is quite challenging. the debt fundamentals are actually not the that bad and this is an economy where the government spend is a little over the 3% that the eu wants to see of the gdp. but they want to bring that done below the 3% number which is why the government has xwn through a no confidence vote which they won in recent weeks and has imposed more austerity because they are on this convergence trajectory. so to some extent, some of the slowdown in the economy is self-inflicted, some of it is as a result of the broader slow dunn in the european economies as a whole. one of the things they don't suffer from here is liqui
while president obama continues a tour of southeast asia the white house cannot ignore the northeast. nicolas kristof joins us next on "now." [ fishing rod casting line, marching band playing ] [ male announcer ] the rhythm of life. [ whistle blowing ] where do you hear that beat? campbell's healthy request soup lets you hear it... in your heart. [ basketball bouncing ] heart healthy. great taste. mmm... [ male announcer ] sounds good. it's amazing what soup can do. >>> i've come to keep my promise and extend the hand of friendship. america now has an ambassador in rangoon, sanctions have been eased, and we will help rebuild an economy that can offer opportunity for its people and serve as an engine of growth for the world. but, this remarkable journey has just begun. and has much further to go. the flickers of progress that we have seen must not be extinguished, they must be strengthened, they must become a shining north star for all this nation's people. >> that was president obama earlier today during his landmark trip to burma. the country also known as myanmar had been all but a
-day tour of southeast asia on saturday. he will be visiting thailand and myanmar and will attend the east asia summit in cambodia. the president promised during his re-election campaign to put more pressure on china to make it meet basic international standards with respect to trade. but analysts say despite his plans the world's top economies are tightly woven together and that interactions will continue. >>> the south korean government welcomed china's new leadership. >> translator: we hope our relationship with china will develop farther and as a new leadership. >> the media gave extensive coverage to the news from the country's largest trading partner. owe yonhap news agency noted all seven member es of the communist party's political bureau's new standing committee have visited south korea. the agency said china's relations with south korea are expected to strengthen. >>> north korean leader kim jong-un has sent a congratulatory telegram to xi jinping. north korea's state-run media quoted the telegram as saying xi's election to the post is an indication of the people's trust and expe
speak. he is in cambodia the last leg to an impressive trip to southeast asia. he has made history twice already in the last 24 hours. he has visited myanmar and juggling a lot as well from the fiscal cliff to the escalating crisis between hamas and israel. we bring in kristen welker, the white house correspondent, to fill us in. kristen, even though the president has made several long distance calls to the business le leader oefs the weekend, and tim cook of apple being one of them, to bring them up to speed on the fiscal cliff. >> yes, they say that the office of the presidency travels with president obama wherever he goes, goes, and that is the case in thin stance as he makes that historic trip to southeast asia and you are right, he made calls to the weekend to business leaders including warren buffett, and jamie dimon and the president as apple as well as boeing and costco and really trying to get a number of stakeholders on board to prevent the fiscal cliff. this is something that came up in the overseas trip, and in fact, he was touring a monastery in thailand and he actually aske
unprecedented trip to southeast asia. the president went to the east asia summit after visiting thailand and myanmar, where he became the first u.s. president to visit the once isolated nation. and this was the scene as the president's motorcade drove through the streets of myanmar. he received a warm welcome, many people lining the streets to get a glimpse and others waved american flags. he met with opposition leader aung san suu kyi who spent several years under house arrest under the rule of myanmar's military. he praised the nation's transition to democracy but told leaders their struggles is not yet over. >> this is not an endorsement of the burmese government. this is an acknowledgment that there is a process under way inside that country that even a year and a half, two years ago nobody foresaw. >> the president's historic four-day trip to southeast asia sends tomorrow. still ahead, senator john mccain's suggestion for negotiating peace in the middle east. >> i wish i'd find someone as high ranking frankly as former president bill clinton to go and be the negotiator. >> we'll get
countries in southeast asia. more on the historic visit in "world tonight" next. >>> hope and promise in the middle east today as a deal to end the fighting could be just days away. >> the story's changing almost by the hour. let's bring in nbc bay area's janelle wang with our world tonight. >> both sides seem willing to negotiate a truce. but they want certain things. palestinian militants want israel to lift its 2006 blockade of gaza. israel wants the rocket attacks to stop. certainly not happening yet. both sides continue to fight. israel has hit over 1,000 targets in the gaza strip since the attacks began last wednesday. 100 palestinians killed, half of them civilians. the israeli military says it's not targeting civilians but they appear to be collateral damage. an air strike at a media center today killed a hamas leader but also injured a handful of journalists. and another air strike at a home killed a hamas leader but also most of his family and neighbors. palestinians continue to fire rockets, including one that hit a school in southern israel. fortunately no one was hurt the
, the current tensions in southeast asia, and finally, the implications of the european financial crisis on the international financial system and, therefore, the u.s. >> we thank you very much for joining us today. >> back here in berlin, angela merkel said she looked forward to working side-by-side as friends and allies with barack obama. here is more on reaction in germany. >> chancellor merkel was among the first to congratulate president obama. she invited him to berlin and underscored her hopes for the future. >> we know each other well, and i look forward to working together to strengthen the trans-atlantic relationship between germany and the united states. >> germany's economics minister was another well-wisher. >> the huge interest among germans in the u.s. election shows how important america is for germany. that is why in the name of my party, the free democrats, i would like to warmly congratulate president obama on his reelection. >> election parties continued into the night in germany. across the political spectrum, the majority of germans and their elected deputies had ho
news and insight on south and southeast asia every weekday live from bangkok only on nhk world "newsline." >>> wine lovers have started popping the corks on this year's beaujolais. sales of the 2012 vintage begin on thursday. thanks to geography, people in japan are the first to sample the french wine each year. wine experts say this year's grape harvest suffered from poor weather. producers in france's beaujolais region wonder tuesday they wld be able to meet demand. vineyards faced heavy rain, cool temperatures, and summertime hailstorms. the harvest of grapes used in buy voe beaujolais was one of the worst on record. producers wanted to make sure they could quench japanese consumers' thirst. they shipped 8 million bottles to japan, the same number as last year. to do this, they reduced the amount available for sale in france. >> translator: it's difficult to me new orderthis year. but we will be able to deliver the wine to japanese customers without problem. >> people in the northern japanese city of sapporo celebrated the release of this year's vintage at midnight. >> trans
comments about the crisis today while overseas on a historic three-nation tour of southeast asia, including the first-ever visit by an american president to myian mar. chuck todd is traveling with the president. >> reporter: the president touched down at bangkok on sunday on a three-day whirlwind trip to east asia. he used a joint press congress fence with the prime minister of thailand to strongly support israel's right to defend lisits. >> there's no country on earth that would tolerate missiles raining down on its citizens from outside it's borders. we fully support israel's right to defend itself. >> reporter: the president issues a plea to allies of the palestinians playing on their hope that including a palestinian state next to israel. >> if we see a further escalation of the strikes on gaza, then the likelihood of getting back on any kind of a peace track that leads to any kind of solution is going to be pushed off way into the future. >> reporter: tomorrow the president makes an historic visit to myanmar, a country that just a few years ago was isolated from the world community. pr
on the president's strip to southeast asia. >> long lines for holiday help in the south bay. why there may not [ male announcer ] introducing... a new way to save on your prescriptions. it's the aarp medicarerx saver plus plan from unitedhealthcare. with this plan, you can get copays as low as a dollar through a preferred network pharmacy like walgreens -- where you'll find 8,000 convenient locations. best of all, this plan has the lowest part d premium in the united states -- only $15 a month. open enrollment ends december 7th. so call today or visit your local walgreens. >>> the white house says president obama had a tense meeting with cambodia's prime minister this morning over human rights. the stop after emotional landmark visit to myanmar, now marching towards democracy. lisa stark reports. >> reporter: president obama became the first u.s. president to visit the country of myanmar in a quick stop over that included meetings with the president and a nobel peace prize winner who spent years under house arrest. thousands of burmese filled the streets as president obama joined by hillar
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of violence. the push for peace. the shadow of conflict. get news and insight on south and southeast asia every weekday live from bangkok. only on nhk world "newsline." >>> you usually find musical performances and art displays in separate venues. but a new exhibition in tokyo combines the two. award winning composing sakamora plays a key in the show. >> reporter: take a look at the porcelain bowls floating in this pool. now listen. when the bowls collide, you hear a bell-like sound. it's never the same. the movement of the water changes the music. and this isn't your traditional record player. the needle doesn't follow the grooves on the vinyl record. instead a light beam reads the rings on a piece of wood. it computes the thickness, depth and color and translates that into musical notes. art and music search is an exhibit of artworks that cross between the audio and visual worlds. here people can see music and listen to art. this exhibit allows people to experience a blend of those sensations at once. a composer is the exhibit's executive adviser. he was inspired for the contemporary mu
is wrapping up this three-day trip to southeast asia. of course, the highlight has been the several hours he spent in myanmar, the first american president to be there in the country known as burma. to catch a look at the president, the president was greeted by thousands of locals that lined the streets. including uniformed school children, waving flags for miles. mr. obama made an unannounced stop at a holy site, the center of the religion. there, the president made the ceremonial water pouring. then it was off to the home of aung san kyi, where the nobel prize peace winner lived under house arrest. >> i would like to see president obama in my country, and in my heart. >> reporter: later, the president formally addressed the president in a speech where he justified his trip to the still not-yet free country. >> i said, in my address, we will extend a hand if you're willing to unclench your fist. under the president, the desire for change has been met by an agenda for reform. so today, i have come to extend my hand of friendship. >> reporter: the president tried to draw the american history
of southeast asia nations met in cambodia's capital. the leaders of six regional partners including japan, china and india joined them at the summit. they issued a community kommunicae hoping to reach agreement by the end of 2015. leader from japan, china, and south korea agreed to start talks on free trade agreement of their own and would put aside the territorial disputes between japan and the two other nations. japanese officials want to ease restrictions to give them more access to their neighbor's economies. chinese and south korean officials have already begun talks on a free trade deal between their countries. that wraps up this edition of "newsline." i am katherine ceo b kobayashi tokyo. thank you very much for joining us.
. >>> in his four-day visit to southeast asia, president obama became the first u.s. president to visit myanmar, or burma. the president urged the new civilian government to continue its steps toward democracy. he also specifically called for more religious freedom. on a stop in thailand, the president visited bangkok's famous temple of the reclining buddha. he told monks there he needed prayers for help in his dealings with congress back home. >>> and heret home, those lawmake are negotiating with the administration over how to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff" looming at the end of the year. this week, a group of christian leaders urged congress and the president not to cut anti-poverty programs as they struggle to reach a deal. in an open letter, the leaders said "we pray during this season, in which we give thanks and offer gifts, that you will advance policies that protect the poor, not ones that make them poorer." >>> meanwhile, a prominent christian advocacy group said while some progress has been made in fighting hunger and poverty worldwide, much more needs to be done. in its annual r
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